WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Medical Marijuana Bill Gets Celebrity Support In Maryland

Play associated audio

Maryland state senators are getting an assist in their efforts to legailze medical marijuana. The help is coming from former talk show host and Baltimore native Montel Williams.

Last session the bill to legalize medical marijuana passed the Senate but was blocked in the House of Delegates.

Williams has helped lobby for similar bills in other states because as he battles with multiple sclerosis he has prescriptions for nine different pain medications that he says aren't effective.

"Unfortunately opiates don't work for me any more. I've used too many. So, I'm left with one course of action. now, most science realizes that it doesn't work for me as a pain reliever. It's a pain blocker," he says.

Williams has used marijuana for a decade and says it's the only way he can function normally. Republican Sen. David Brinkley of Fredrick is a cancer survivor who says the bill is vital for people who are fighting debilitating diseases.

"If my family or anyone that I particularly cared about or loved or whatever felt that they could get some type of benefit from using marijuana either through the course of their treatment or through some debilitating process, then we need to have a mechanism that does so," Brinkley says.

If it passes, Maryland would be the 16th state to legalize pot for medicinal purposes.


Sandra Cisneros Crosses Borders And Boundaries In 'A House Of My Own'

The author's new memoir collects three decades worth of her journeys in search of a sense of home. "I guess I didn't realize I was gonna be crossing borders my whole life," she says.

For Israeli-Born Chef, Hummus And 'Tehina' Are A Bridge To Home

Chef Michael Solomonov sees his mission as connecting people to the food of his homeland. "That, to me, is my life's work," he says. Solomonov's new cookbook is Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking.

Inside The Message Machine That Could Make Politicians More Persuasive

A political scientist identified optimally persuasive terms that make people more inclined to support the health care act. He says the tool could someday make it easier to sharpen political messages.

FAA Proposes Record Fine Against Drone Operator

The FAA is proposing a nearly $2 million fine against a drone operator it says was operating outside the rules and endangering safety. NPR talks to the head of the FAA about what's behind the hefty penalty.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.